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Atlantic Blue Marlin

Class : Osteichthyes
Order : Perciformes
Family : Istiophoridea
Species : Makaira nigricans

Other common names: Blue Marlin

Maximum weight: 900kg (2000lb)

Current I.G.F.A. all time record: 636kg (1402lb 2oz) – Vitoria, Brazil – Feb 29, 1992

Mandible: Curve down but not hooked.

Pectoral Fins: Fins fold flat along body.

Dorsal fin: Retractable

Identifying features: Back is a dark blue with light blue stripes. These stripes consist of small dots and bars. Belly is a silver white. There are no spots on the fins.

Expected temperature range: 70° F to 86° F (21° C to 30° C)

Migration and breeding: Males rarely attain a weight above 140kg (300lb). Females can produce millions of egg. Very large females are capable of producing over 100 million eggs.

Typical location: Open ocean along continental shelf drop off, ocean mountains and canyons, current and weed lines. Gatherings of bait schools such as tuna, mahi mahi and squid are likely Atlantic Blue Marlin haunts.

Fighting characteristics: Very strong and exceptionally fast fish which can test not only the angler and tackle but the entire crew. The capture of a large Blue is definitely a team effort. Usually fights deeper than a Black or Striped Marlin.

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